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Mike the Mad Biologist

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A recent change by Harper Collins Publishing regarding library-owned eBook has met with a lot of criticism: The value of this magically convenient library book — otherwise known as an e-book — is the subject of a fresh and furious debate in the publishing world. For years, public libraries building their e-book collections have typically…

Having grown up (or at least physiologically developed) in Virginia, this story about the totally awesome and rigorous history textbooks used in what are the wealthier counties in the state is not at all surprising, though depressing (italics mine): In the version of history being taught in some Virginia classrooms, New Orleans began the 1800s…

As the slow-motion destruction of our nation’s infrastructure continues due to deficits ├╝ber alles hysteria, we find this very depressing article from Camden, NJ about the proposed eradication of its public library system: Camden is preparing to permanently shut its library system by the end of the year, potentially leaving residents of the impoverished city…

If you want the short version, Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA is a must read. While I have a couple minor quibbles (more about those in a bit), they don’t detract from either the importance or the style of this book. While there has been a lot written about methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)…

I was going to call this review “Naked Came the Economist“, but ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism by Yves Smith of Naked Capitalist is too well written. ECONNED can be divided in two major sections. The first part deals with the flawed economic assumptions that led to the collapse of…

One of the things Newbury Street has lacked is a used book store. Now it has one: Raven Used Books. This could be really bad as it’s about four minutes away. Unlike most Boston area used book stores, Raven Used Books’ business model isn’t to sell really expensive rare books and then stock the rest…

There’s been some recent discussion about what eBooks will mean for publishing (ScienceBlogling Chad Orzel has a good roundup). As it often is, my take on this is ‘follow the money.’

Regular readers will know that I’m not an intertubez triumphalist. But I read that the Harvard Book Store has bought itself a fancy gizmo to print any book in about four minutes:

Review Articles or Review Chapters?

I’m approaching the tail end of grant writing season, and I’ve had to update my CV, put it in NIH format, and so on. It occurred to me while doing this is that there is very little professional incentive to write book chapters, since most (although not all) are not peer-reviewed, and consequently aren’t viewed…

Sunday Sermon: Books Are Weapons

…in the of ideas–one war I’ll gladly get behind. If you want to see the original poster and you’re in the Boston area, you can at the Boston Public Library at Copley Square: